Speedlights are a great solution for when you cannot bring your studio lights with you on location. They are small, light weight, and cost-effective. What are some ways you can modify a speedlight? In this video, author Robert Vanelli walks you through how to light a portrait by using only speedlights.
- I'm here with Francis, who's a mixed martial artist.…And what we're going to do is use our speedlights…to emulate what a studio strobes can do.…Now let's break it down a little bit.…First thing I did,…was I metered each of the lights.…So I have my settings set.…And I'll dial that into the camera.…But here's what's really cool.…How about you stand right like this.…You're going to take your spot.…What I want to do is show you what each one…of these lights are going to do independently.…So I'm going to shut each of the lights off…and only fire one at a time.…
So this way you could see…where the light is hitting our subject.…So I'm going to shut this one off.…And I'll just leave this one on.…And I'll shut my main light off.…So how about you strike your pose.…Now what I like to do, the very first thing,…is to take a shot with zero light whatsoever.…What this is going to prove is that none…of the ambient light is going to contaminate the scene.…So I'm going to take a shot of Francis,…doesn't matter what you do,…because no one is going to see this.…
- What is a lighting modifier?
- Technical and artistic benefits of lighting modifiers
- Using an umbrella to bounce light
- Lighting portraits with an umbrella
- Lighting a portrait with a softbox
- Shooting with a beauty dish
- Softening light with diffusers
- Adjusting color temperature using gels
- Lighting a portrait with a speedlight